•Tree of Life is changing from a passive talent to a cooldown-based talent, similar to Metamorphosis. Mechanically, it feels unfair for a druid to have to give up so much offense and utility in order to be just as good at healing as the other classes who are not asked to make that trade. We are exploring the exact benefit the druid gets from Tree of Life. It could strictly be better healing, or it could be that each heal behaves slightly different. You also will not be able to be banished in Tree of Life form (this will probably be true of Metamorphosis as well). Additionally, we would like to update the Tree of Life model so that it feels more exciting when you do decide to go into that form. Our feeling is that druids rarely actually get to show off their armor, so it would be nice to have at least one spec that looked like a night elf or tauren (and soon troll or worgen) for most of the time.
And that seals the deal. I will be a troll come Cataclysm, I cannot stand the tauren casting model. I fucking hate this change. I hated the concept when GC first tossed it out months ago, and I hate it again now. I hope to fucking christ this does not go live.
I have actually now deleted about 4 rants from this spot. I’m going to sleep on this and see if it seems any better in the morning. Oh…and I’ll give my thoughts on the other resto changes (not that there is much to opine on!), but I just needed to get this out of my system now.
If you too, feel we should save the trees, please feel free to share Keeva’s picture on your blog! Perhaps if there is enough rustle in the wind, someone will feel the breeze!